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9 Things Your Smartphone Is Capable Of That You Were Completely Unaware Of

Smartphones have evolved into the technological equivalent of the Swiss Army knife, with capabilities that extend far beyond the ability to make and receive calls while on the move.

It's true that they're frequently referred to as "minicomputers" that fit in your pocket. However, in addition to this, you also have a radio, a flashlight, and even a level for when you are working on projects around the house.

People started relying on their smartphones more and more as time went on since they could do things like take pictures, be their address book, wake them up in the morning, and manage their appointments for them. According to data conducted by the AARP and published this year, more than eight out of ten adults aged 50 and older own and use a smartphone, with seven out of ten people aged 70 and older doing the same.

However, your smartphone is capable of a great deal more. The following is a list of 19 more ways in which your iPhone or Android device can be used, as well as instructions on how to access those features. Every feature is either preinstalled on your phone already or can be downloaded for free from the App Store for iOS devices or the Google Play store for Android devices, depending on which phone you have.

Have you had enough of fiddling about with your phone? Simply talking to the many components of this place can set some of them into motion. Say "Hey, Siri," followed by the command, to activate Siri on an iPhone. Say "Hey, Google" followed by your command to activate Google Assistant on an Android phone.

Tester for the batteries in remote controls

Both: Check to verify if the batteries that are in your TV remote controls still have enough juice in them to perform their functions properly. Launch the Camera app and switch to the selfie camera on the front of the device; however, in certain instances, the camera on the back of the device will also work. You can take a picture by pointing your remote control towards the camera, pressing and holding any button on the remote, and then releasing the button. If everything is working properly, you should see a light that is pinkish-purple in color flickering from the tip of the remote control. This light represents the infrared beam that is sending signals to your TV and other electronic equipment. If the flashing light is really dim or if you don't see any light at all, you should replace the batteries in the remote control.


Launch the app for the calculator. When held in the vertical position, the phone grants access to rudimentary mathematical operations. You can bring up a scientific calculator on your phone by turning it on its side. This calculator will give you square roots, sines, and other more advanced operations.

Document scanner

Launch the Notes app on your iPhone. To access the icon, move your cursor to the lower-right corner. Scan documents by tapping the camera icon located at the bottom of the screen and selecting the option to do so. Put the document where it can be seen by the camera. Your document will be scanned immediately if the setting on your device is set to automatic. Tap either the shutter button or one of the volume buttons to manually take a scan on your device. To make the scan fit your document better, modify the edges of the scan by dragging the corners to new positions, and then press the Keep Scanning or Done button.

Android: Launch the Camera app on a newer Samsung Galaxy smartphone, then position the item to be scanned so that it is centered in the viewfinder. The document will be surrounded by a yellow border, and a button that says "Tap to Scan" will appear on the screen. Once you've tapped that button, you'll be able to alter the size of the scanning area by dragging the corners. Hit the Save button if you are happy with the results; if not, tap the Retry button.

System for Broadcasting in an Emergency

If you have an iPhone, you can avoid listening to the TV and yet receive Amber Notifications, alerts about extreme weather, and alerts about public safety from your local government. When you first obtain your smartphone, these are activated immediately for you. Tap the Settings menu, then tap Notifications, and then scroll all the way down to the very bottom of the screen to find the toggle switches for the numerous alerts that the government sends out.

On Android, go to the Settings menu, then tap Notifications, and then tap Wireless Emergency Alerts. You have the ability to select which kinds of warnings, ranging from the most serious dangers to messages about public safety, you would like to get.


Tap the Flashlight icon that is located in the Control Center on your iPhone. You can get to it by swiping down from the upper-right corner of the home screen on newer phones; on older phones, you have to slide up from the bottom edge. Repeat tapping the same button and holding it down to bring up the brightness controls.

Android: To turn on the flashlight on a Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel phone, slide your finger down from the top of the screen and then hit the on-screen button that says "Flashlight."

Foreign language translator

Using the Translate software on your iPhone, you may translate spoken words, written material, or even an entire conversation. Tap the Translation button and choose one of a dozen languages to translate between in order to translate either your text or your voice. Tap the Enter text button, type in the phrases you wish to translate, and then tap the Go button. Instead, you can talk into the microphone icon to have the phrase you want translated read out to you. To hear the audio translation, you need to tap the button that looks like an arrow. To translate a discussion that is taking place between two individuals, select Conversation from the menu, then hit the microphone icon and talk in any of the languages that are available. You also have the option to tap the Auto Translate button in order to start a conversation in which the phone will automatically recognize when you begin and end speaking.

If you do not already have Google Translate installed on your Android device, you can get it from the Google Play store and then run the application. First, select the language you are now using by tapping the button that corresponds to it, and then select the language for which you would like a translation. It is capable of translating more than one hundred different languages. You can either speak the sentence or enter it as text by tapping the microphone button. You can tell the program to listen in either language by selecting Conversation | Auto from the menu. Simply enable the program to translate what it sees by tapping the Camera icon under the Translate interface.

GPS navigation system

The most popular mapping applications in this field are Google Maps, which is owned by Google; Apple Maps; and Waze, which is also owned by Google; however, you can download more than 50 more applications to assist you in reaching your destination. Some of these apps, such as AllTrails,, Organic Maps Offline Hike and Bike, and OsmAnd+, are more specialized than others. Both AllTrails and Organic Maps have a network of routes that are suitable for off-road mountain riding.

Kitchen timer

Launch the Clock application. Tap Timer. You can also use the app to: check the time in cities all over the world, run a stopwatch, or set an alarm for yourself (this feature may differ on Android phones).


You can borrow e-books from your local library with your library card if you have Hoopla, Libby, or OverDrive, which are three popular and free apps. You can also read any of the free books that are available on Project Gutenberg by downloading them to your Kindle or another e-reader app.

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